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Me With The Book I Co-authored - 125 Nature Hot Spots In Alberta

Happy 10th Birthday to HikeBikeTravel + 10 Giveaways

This month I am celebrating the 10th anniversary of my blog - HikeBikeTravel. I'm in awe at how quickly the years have slipped by and the fact my blog is still very much around. I'd like to say a big thank you to all who have stood with me (and put up with me!!) since the beginning.  When I started I knew nothing about writing, photography, marketing, SEO, social media, pitching - in fact anything…

The Mount Lady MacDonald Hike near Canmore

The Mount Lady MacDonald hike out of Canmore is one of a handful of early season hikes that delivers a great workout along with spectacular views. It's a popular trail as we discovered, with most hikers turning around at the heli-pad. If you don't mind a little scree - or snow if it's spring time, then continue climbing up the mountain until you reach the knife-edge ridge. You'll have to decide if you've got the…

10 Things to Do in and Near Glacier National Park

Montana's Glacier National Park gets top marks for natural beauty. In fact it's been called the Switzerland of America. To justify that name consider this; over its one million acres there are 175 named mountains, 200 named waterfalls, 25 named glaciers and literally hundreds of lakes and streams. And the area surrounding the park is also a hotbed of beauty.  Glacier National Park is a fantastic destination in summer, offering an incredible range of activities.…

Hiking The Trails At Kicking Horse Resort

7 Hiking Trails to Experience at Kicking Horse Resort

If you're a skier or boarder from Alberta or British Columbia there's a high probability that you've been to Kicking Horse Resort, one of Canada's world-class downhill skiing destinations. While it's renowned for its spectacular alpine setting, long runs and abundant snow in winter, it's equally beautiful in summer. From the top of the Golden Eagle Express Gondola enjoy sweeping Rocky Mountain views. Then look way down and you'll see the Columbia River Wetlands snaking…

What the Rocky Mountaineer Train Ride is Really Like

The day started early. I left the comfort of my luxurious Fairmont Hotel Vancouver bed to be whisked in a bus along with hundreds of others to the Rocky Mountaineer train terminal. And that's when the magic unfolded. Walking into the airy train terminal, John and I were immediately greeted with three things - glasses of orange juice, a coffee bar and gorgeous music coming from the grand piano. It didn't take long to get…

Discovering Jordan’s Food and History on a Tour of Amman

While you don't see a lot of blogs related to food on HikeBikeTravel, there are always exceptions to be made. The walking, food and history tour in Amman led by Raed Suleiman from Rahhalah Toursis one such exception. It's a tour of Amman that I would recommend to anyone visiting Jordan, even if you don't usually do food tours. How our Amman tour of food and history unfolded The day started early. Rather than eat…

Book Review: 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba & Saskatchewan

The book 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will forever change your perception of the provinces. I don't know how many times I have heard the comment - there is nothing to see or do on the prairies. Guess again. Both provinces are home to rich eco-systems. You just might have to look a little harder than in the Rockies. To that end Jenn Smith Nelson and Doug O'Neill, two talented Canadian travel…

12 of the Best Things to do in Nova Scotia

Looking for a former local's take on some of the best things to do in Nova Scotia? I have lived in Nova Scotia on three different occasions; in Halifax as a kid, in Wolfville just after university and in Hall's Harbour as an adult. I've also been back on numerous occasions for vacations and conferences. So I think I have a pretty good handle on some of the best things to do in Nova Scotia.…

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